“I only work with small workshops that have excellent working conditions. I only use recycled or Fairmined silver and gold. In terms of stones, I use a lot of diamonds from vintage jewelry. And if not possible, I will make all efforts to ensure my stones are fairly sourced. I often use grey diamonds and they are imported under the Kimberley Process.”
Annette creates her jewels herself in her Hudson, NY workshop studio. She only uses ethical Fairmined gold.
"We only work with ethical gemstone sources who are part of organizations such as AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) in the US and, in Europe, the WFBD (World Federation Diamond Bourse) who set the highest ethical standards for its members. At least 40% of our gold is recycled and in keeping with our own ethos we only align with sources who have integrity and passion for their business."
“We have been using recycled gold and platinum since 1989. We use only fair-traded stones. Our stone dealers have an excellent reputation and we trust them after having worked with them for many years.
"Our goldsmiths work in a clean and light-filled workshop and are generously compensated, as are our employees in the studio. All are happy with their work and this contributes to the good energy in the jewelry. I believe that everything matters: how we treat one another, how we treat our clients, how we treat the earth and the people who inhabit it. All should be treated fairly and with respect. Our designs are original and not reflective of the trends of the day, but are as timeless as the materials we use.”
“We use recycled gold and silver and our diamonds are ethically sourced. We specialize in colored gemstones and we source them from reputable dealers in London. All of our jewelry is handmade by me in our London studio, and each piece is hallmarked by the Assay Office in London.”
All Jo’s jewels are made in her London studio by Jo and her small team. The pieces are all made using 100% recycled or fairtrade gold. Each gem used in Jo Hayes Ward jewellery is selected individually by Jo and purchased through reputable and trustworthy suppliers who guarantee that they are absolutely conflict free. Jo is now also working with registered fairtrade Gem suppliers who offer fully traceable back to source stones.
“Environmental responsibility is an important consideration in the design and creation of my pieces. Wherever possible, the gold we use is recycled and gemstones that are naturally occurring are favored over synthetically treated ones. We promote artisan traditions and support individuals and families that do not fit into the mass manufacture model.
The creation of our jewelry pieces is an artistic collaboration between myself and the goldsmiths I work with located in Australia, Istanbul, and India. Each jeweler comes from a family tradition of goldsmithing, where the art has been handed down through the generations. Each piece is handcrafted at the bench and is a reflection of the history of an ancient practice.
The main manufacturer of our jewelry pieces in Jaipur is also a gem dealer and personally sources gemstones from mines throughout the world. All diamonds used in our designs are conflict-free.”
“I work with a small traditional workshop in Milan and Oleggio in Italy. I buy very little quantities of stones, always in Milan. I have a 0-km production chain!”
"We inspect our jewelers' factories/workshops twice each year. Working with artisans all over the world including India, Italy, Hong Kong, and Thailand involves a lot of traveling! We always meet with not just the heads of the companies, but also with the craftsmen and women themselves. The truth is because the majority of our styles are produced in large quantities, we tend to only work with the most established producers who adhere to international human rights standards, as opposed to smaller outlets where things are often more “organic” in approach.
Many of our suppliers are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), a not-for-profit, standards-setting, and certification organization. As a result of Loquet’s involvement with the RJC, we can assure our customers that our products are aligned with international best practices.
As suppliers of diamonds, we guarantee that the supplies are from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict, and in compliance with United Nations Resolutions. In line with the RJC Code of Practices, and with the Worlds Diamond Council System of Warranties, we can provide documentary evidence that our diamonds are conflict-free.
Charms for Change - a new campaign we will be launching in 2019, whereby we will be working with collectives and designers to produce non-profit charms that support charities worldwide. We have already engaged in some smaller charitable collaborations such as the Dog charm collection with a percentage of the sales going to the Wild at Heart Foundation."
“Our diamonds are sourced from different countries but our diamond supplier provided us with the Kimberley Process Certification. Our dealer is very reliable and declared the diamonds are all ethical.
All our works are created by in-house jewelers at our workshop and outsourced jewelers with long term relationships in Japan.”
Noor Fares uses conflict-free diamonds and has a “butterfly mark” from the sustainable consumption organization Positive Luxury: https://positiveluxury.com/blog/noor-fares-jewellery-inspiration
“The production is located in the workshop in Galle (Sri Lanka) where the jewelry pieces are hand-made by master artisans under my designs and supervision. The gems and precious stones hand-selected in Sri Lanka are key in the identity and designs of OONA jewelry.
Our jewels are made with conflict-free fine gold. We work with reliable suppliers who provide quality gems from ethical and conflict-free sources. The precious stones are natural, with no artificial treatments preserving their original colors and beauty.
Regarding the certifications, for the metals, the jewelry is checked and stamped with the hallmark and metal certificate by CLM (Centro de Laboratorios de Madrid), the official laboratory in Madrid authorized by the EU regulations to certify precious metals. Our diamond suppliers have the certificate of conflict-free shipments of diamonds. The highest quality gems used are certified by GIC (Gemmological Institute of Colombo).
I work closely with select highly qualified artisans and craftsmen. The working conditions are regulated according to Sri Lankan regulations: maximum hours of work a week, rest days, and stipulated holidays. Children cannot work as schooling is strictly compulsory in Sri Lanka.”
“Where possible we use small, family-run businesses as suppliers. In this way, we can help their businesses to grow alongside our own and support small businesses rather than large corporations. Most of the jewelry is handmade in India, employing local craftspeople and using locally-sourced materials - reducing our carbon footprint by not outsourcing materials. There is currently no colored gemstone certification, thus we cannot know the origins of the gemstones with 100% certainty. However, through building a strong 20-year relationship with the company in Jaipur, the sourcing of stones is as transparent as possible.
Pippa appreciates the beauty in underappreciated rough diamonds, thus not fueling the dangerous trade of highly sought after, ethically challenged diamonds. Where possible, Pippa sources recycled diamonds to limit the demand on current day diamond mining.
The Bolivian collection uses Fairmined gold, this is something to work towards for the future of the Mainline. The proceeds from the mainline collection allow humanitarian projects to develop in Afghanistan and Myanmar. Instead of donating proceeds to a charity, these projects create employment opportunities. Providing local communities with a steady income is particularly important for Afghanistan with ongoing security issues. When Pippa must travel, we tie in all trips together in order to limit the number of flights taken to the absolute minimum. Trips are also minimized by using Skype to connect with artisans and suppliers.
The very nature of the stone cutting techniques that Pippa prefers is less wasteful than most stone cutting methods. Rather than cutting around the inclusions, which causes a huge amount of waste, Pippa is happy to work with the natural form and inclusions within the stone. This ensures that more of the stone is used and celebrated in its natural form.
Pippa was recently recognized for her effort in this field with a Town & Country Green Award for Sustainability.”
Polly Wales studio is located in Los Angeles, CA where she makes all her jewels manually with a team of highly-skilled craftsmen. Due to the special casting process, Polly only uses the highest quality and strongest diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
"All of our diamonds are recycled and sourced ethically. We do not source newly mined diamonds. Our two diamond suppliers are from New York and San Fransisco. Our sapphires are also sourced ethically and our main supplier is based in Texas. We buy our stones in the USA and make everything in-house with our artisans according to healthy and ethical work rules."
“We deal with the same small selection of reputable diamond suppliers that we did when Ruth first started the brand. Many of the stones are antique, old cuts that have been recycled from centuries past, while others of more recent origin are sourced in the most ethical and environmentally responsible manner, adhering to the Kimberley Process.
Our gold comes from our independent suppliers who have assured us that it has been ethically sourced and, for the most part, recycled. We work with fair-trade gold on request.
Our jewels are all made in our London studio by our small local team. The majority of our suppliers are based within walking distance of the studio. Further suppliers are based in Europe. We keep the environmental footprint of our jewelry making as small as we can. Within our studio we are conscious of our impact on the environment, we recycle wherever it is possible and make choices that are as friendly to the environment as possible.”
“Shihara’s jewels are all made in Japan. We choose to work with local, independently-owned businesses and workshops to support the jewelry community in Japan. For example, we source our materials domestically and work with selected artisans to create our products.
Japan has a rich history of metalwork and craftsmanship and this is reflected in the skill of the artisans we work with who make our products to the highest standards and quality. We want to contribute to preserving these traditions. Supporting local businesses and nurturing strong relationships with vendors has been key to our shared growth and success and it is an important part of our company philosophy. All the workshops we work with adhere to Japanese labor standards as stipulated by law which regulates aspects such as working hours and conditions.
As Japan is a signatory to the Kimberley Process, we use only conflict-free diamonds. A percentage of the diamonds that we use are sourced from vendors with a transparent procurement process. A percentage of the metals that we use are fair trade. We are aware of the challenges and ethics surrounding precious metals and we are striving to continue our efforts to be socially responsible in this regard. We use recycled paper for our packaging.”
“We make all the pieces in-house here in my studio in Somerset, South West England, so there is no outsourcing of production to workshops. Our pieces are made entirely in the UK under great working conditions! We try to use recycled ethical gold wherever possible and recycle our own scrap gold in many designs. All of our gold is bought from major reputable suppliers in the UK and the US.”
"Sustainability is really important to us, and as a small brand, I’m happy to say we can act on that importance firsthand when working with suppliers. Here’s some detail on our suppliers: Small diamonds (1mm) are difficult to source where exactly each came from uniquely, but the suppliers I work with partner with local mines in Canada and Russia for those pieces. They are then cut by a team in America. Larger diamonds are easier to source. In 2002, a coalition between governments and the diamond industry established the Kimberley Process to control the mining and export of rough diamonds to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds, so today 99% of diamonds in the marketplace are conflict-free. The larger diamonds are always GIA certified. Most of the rose cuts (if not antique from vintage pieces) are from a Canadian gemologist, who sources stones that are mined, cut, and polished in Canada with Hearts&Arrow.
For colored gemstones, I work with an FGA and ICA-certified gemologist who travels to Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Hong Kong to forge ties with responsible and respectful suppliers. We do our best to work with artisanal and small-scale mining to support income for families and small communities in developing countries. All of our stones, colored and diamond, are conflict-free and we take due diligence to make sure that they’re as fair trade as we can get them when they are not mined in developed countries. I can always supply certificates for finished pieces if clients are interested in mine source, size, and quality if that helps. I use such small stones in my pieces (under 0.25ct in almost all my designs) that it’s difficult to obtain certificates for the colored gemstones.
Our Australian opals are mined ethically in an environmentally sustainable manner supporting small businesses via mines in Coober Pedy in South Australia, supported by the Lightning Ridge Miners’ Association. Our gold is refined/reclaimed gold produced by a refiner inside the USA certified by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative.
We also try to make sure we have a “clean” supply chain when it comes to cutting and polishing the stones. Once the stones are polished and brought to Canada, everything is done locally in-house (setting, designing, casting using recycled metals as well as metals from clean suppliers, etc.)"
“Our pieces are made locally in Los Angeles; we manufacture locally which reduces our environmental footprint. Jewelers are in good working conditions with fair pay. A percentage of our silver is recycled. And lastly, our pieces are made to last forever, which is sustainable and the opposite of fast fashion!”
All pieces are handmade using vintage and scrap buckskin leather. Stormie uses the excess buckskin leather from handbags, medicine pouches, and vests she makes to make the bracelets and bibs. She strives to minimize any waste in her production process and respect the land and materials in the process.
Through meditation, Stormie handcrafts beautiful custom bracelets that she blesses and gives meanings as she beads. Stormie takes great pride in the craftsmanship of her designs and wants to share her passion and respect for the land and its resources through her pieces.
The designer handcrafts each piece using a traditional Navajo Apache technique that's been passed down in her family for generations. The stones, antlers, and materials are all ethically sourced. All animal materials found in her pieces, such as the antler closures on her bracelets are collected from natural sheddings.
For its own collection, White Bird has made no exception to the desire to create eco-friendly jewelry. In order to make high-quality jewels accessible to as many people as possible, we manufacture most of our pieces with a French workshop based in Thailand, where mercury and cyanide gold mining is totally prohibited. The respect we owe to our planet is matched only by the respect we owe to man. The staff at the workshops are all Thai, and we have ensured that the working conditions on site are in line with our values. We also make several visits to the workshop every year, for the development of our models.
All jewelry produced by Yannis Sergakis Adornments is made in Athens, Greece by highly qualified professional technicians, in absolute respect to human rights and in accordance with EU/local labor laws. The diamonds purchased and used are obtained from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict, and in compliance with UN resolutions. The suppliers guarantee that the diamonds are “conflict-free” based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by their suppliers (Kimberly Process Warranty).
“All gemstones disclosure codes are in accordance with the AGATA Gemstones Information Manual”.
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